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Plan Bolivar 2000

Plan Bolivar 2000 was the first of the Bolivarian Missions enacted under of administration of current Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The plan involved around 40,000 Venezuelan soldiers involved in door-to-door anti-poverty activities, including mass vaccinations, food distribution in slum areas, and education. The program also transported thousands of poor and ill Venezuelans at cost by military cargo planes and helicopters, as a means of alleviating their domestic travel expenses.

Implementation of Plan Bolivar

The Plan Bolivar 2000 was a unique idea of Chavez. He wanted it to be implemented in three stages. Pro-Pais which is stage one would involve the armed forces working in the capacity of social service. The Pro-Patria, the second stage, would mean the military helping local communities help themselves. Pro-Nacion, the third stage, would help the country to be a more self-sufficient economy that can sustain itself. Chavezs social policies are where his contribution weights the most because of the amount of money being redirected to the people rather than to personal Swiss accounts.

In an October 2002 interview, President Chavez stated that:

"My order was: "Go house to house combing the terrain. The enemy. Who is the enemy? Hunger." And we started it on February 27, 1999, ten years after the Caracazo,as a way of vindicating the military. I even used the contrast and I said: "Ten years ago we came out to massacre the people, now we are going to fill them with love. Go and comb the terrain, look for misery. The enemy is death. We are going to fill them with bursts of life instead of gun shots of death." And, in truth, the answer was really beautiful. While we, the politicians, were engaged in the political struggle, 40,000 soldiers were on a campaign to attend to the health of the people; opening roads with military engineering equipment; flying passengers in military planes to the most poor areas, charging them at cost."

Several scandals affected the program as allegations of corruption were formulated against Generals involved in the plan, arguing that significant amounts of money had been diverted. General Cruz Weffer was charged with corruption in 2001.

External links

The Military and the Revolution: Harnecker interviews Chavez — Includes descriptions by Hugo Chavez of his creation and perceptions on Plan Bolivar 2000.

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